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Objects, Work and Tourism Jimmie Durham

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Objects, Work and Tourism

A daily flow of thousands of tourists overwhelms Venice every day, tourists that often stays for a single day (or even less) pretending to grasp the beauty, culture and millenary history of this unique city in the world. Becoming themselves target of a satire that often does not recognize the real object of their desire: to capture an intrinsic part of knowledge and the Venetian cultural experience. It is however the same desire expressed by the European intellectual and cultural world in the form of a “pilgrimage to see the Biennials. This means that the European intellectual thought cannot be separated from European tourism, nor from the object created by man, “points out clearly Jimmie Durham. Durham also keep on saying , “tourists and intellectuals share, of Venice, a romantic vision that erases the reality of Venetian workers, which recreate the city constantly, preventing ruin of the city, and reshape it under everybody’s eyes”.

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